About TRO

Temple Research Observatory (TRO) is currently located in Lexington, MO. From 2008 to the winter of 2017 it was located in New Mexico but in March of 2017 was moved to Missouri. TRO exists primarily to study variable stars and make measurements of their light.

Temple 28 a Celestron 11″ CPC on a Celestron Superwedge.

Temple 28 is the main instrument. It is a Celestron 11″ CPC Schmidt-Cassegrain with a custom carbon fiber tube, modified mount and a SBIG ST-402 photometric mono CCD camera.  Temple 28 is similar to the Wright 28 that was used for a number of years as one of the AAVSONET telescopes for the AAVSO. These are quality instruments with quality components.

One of the auxiliary scopes is Temple 20 an 8″ Meade LX200 GPS. The AR102 Refractor is currently running every clear night giving wide field images of variable star fields. . It was intended to be a grab and go scope but has become the main imaging scope using the SBIG ST-8E camera.

Mars with the AR102 and a ZWO ASI120MC camera on a Orion Sirius mount.

“The Beast” a 6″ refractor rounds out the serious instruments. “The Beast” is usually only brought out to image Mars and other planets. A 6″ refractor can provide good images of Mars or other objects. It is a “classic” refractor and very fun to use.

“The Beast” Celestron 6″ Achromatic Refractor on the Sirius mount. The mount has 2″ diameter legs and an extension. Run by EQMOD and EQASCOM.

The two refractors share a Sirius mount controlled by a laptop. The AR102 is light and short, so it makes a better scope  for the lighter Sirius mount.  Just remember your best telescope is the one you use the most, and the one you use the most is usually the one that is easiest to set up!

The AR102 (Temple 10) with an ST 80 auto-guider and Meade DSI Pro camera. The main camera is the SBIG ST-402 in this image. The cameras for the AR102 can easily be switched between the ST-402. ST-8E, ST-7E for deep space objects and ZWO ASI120MC for planetary work.

On this website is a number of topics. Most are written from the perspective of an serious amateur astronomer. There are also some more advanced topics for those who have a more scientific bent. Enjoy your visit here!

Paul Temple

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